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VOL. 129 | NO. 130 | Friday, July 04, 2014

Obama on Economy: 'We're Making Progress'

DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says job growth in June shows the recovery is taking hold, but the economy could still do better.

Obama is urging Congress to work with him to help create more jobs.

Obama cites the fastest job growth since 1999 and says, quote, "we're making progress."

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent. It is the lowest rate since September 2008 and the fifth straight monthly job gain above 200,000.

Obama spoke at 1776, a tech startup hub in Washington, D.C., with an appropriate name for Independence Day. The White House says the business illustrates Obama's commitment to promoting entrepreneurship.

Obama credits entrepreneurs for, quote, "trying to figure out how we do well by doing good."

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PROPERTY SALES 73 391 11,120
MORTGAGES 88 481 13,903
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 198 969 24,034
BANKRUPTCIES 54 288 8,432
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 126 3,771
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 67 536 13,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 103 3,031

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